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Fall into Volunteering this Autumn

Fall into Volunteering this Autumn

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of sweaters, pumpkin patches, and caramel apples. With the weather cooling down, many want to spend their free time curled up at home. However, there are plenty of ways to help your community this time of year. Autumn’s beautiful weather and fun holidays make it easy to find volunteering opportunities in your area. We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started.

Organize a neighborhood park clean-up.
Before the leaves begin to fall, round up your neighbors for a pick-up of your local park. It’s important to clear the area of garbage before it gets covered in leaves, and eventually snow. Otherwise, come spring time, you’ll be left with a soggy mess once the snow and ice melt. Pick a nice day, grab some bags and gloves, and you’ll have your park looking better in no time. 

Rake leaves for someone in need.
Do you have a neighbor or loved one who could use an extra hand? Maybe they’re a senior citizen or they have young children. Consider offering to rake their leaves for them. Not only will you be doing someone a favor, but you’ll also be spending time in the crisp weather. Raking is also a good form of exercise, which is an added bonus to your good deed!

Make blankets for a homeless shelter.
The weather is cooling down, so people will be looking for ways to keep warm. You can help residents of homeless shelters do so by making and donating blankets. Fleece tie blankets are super simple to make; you can find tutorials with just a quick internet search. Consider hosting a blanket-making party with your friends and family. It’s a great way to bond with your loved ones and do something good for others.

Take underprivileged kids trick-or-treating.
Many children’s homes seek volunteers each year to take children trick-or-treating. They often support many kids, so it’s difficult to take them all out at one time. You could be of great help to them by making sure the kids have a safe and fun Halloween evening. Plus, it’s always fun to see Halloween through the eyes of a child.

Set up a drive for your local food bank.
Every year, there are families who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner. You can help them by organizing a food drive with your school, faith-based organization or family and friends. By collecting and donating canned goods and non-perishables, you’ll assist your local food pantry providing families with the holiday meal they deserve. You can even volunteer to help serve it!

The fall is a great time to volunteer and do some good in your community. You can do it solo or with a group. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better knowing you gave back. Then you can relax with a cup of cider and a slice of pie.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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